Cheap Photo: Newly Announced Gear Now Available, Plus Some Deals

Sony NEX-5T Camera

Some new gear has recently been announced: the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 lens, the Nikon P7800 enthusiast’s compact with integrated EVF, the Sony NEX-5T, the Leica C Typ 112, and many more. While some of them can now be pre-ordered, others are in stock with many of the major retailers. In addition, we found some deals that you might want to check out: Micro Four Thirds, Sigma, Canon and Sony stuff is currently available with huge savings. Details after the break.

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Tap and Dye’s LEGACY Shoulder Camera Straps Now Come With Spring Clips


Tap and Dye makes some seriously fashionable camera straps at an affordable price.  Their LEGACY straps were designed to adorn mirrorless cameras and vintage film cameras. And today, they’re announcing a pretty big evolution. The previous straps (such as the LEGACY wrist and shoulder straps that we reviewed) used a split ring that was a tad frustrating to attach to the camera. Their newest addition to the LEGACY line is the same as the previous shoulder strap in nearly every way except for a brand new brass spring clip–that actually attaches to a split ring. This clip will probably not give as much security as the split ring (we’ll have to test that in our review) but it surely is a heck of a lot easier to attach it and detach it. That means that it will be easier to use with a Sony NEX camera or Micro Four Thirds.

The straps themselves are still made from leather treated with natural oils and dark amber beeswax for extra protection.

Antique Tan and Dark Amber Beeswax are launching now and Black & Natural along with Royal Navy Patina will be launching in beginning of July. You can currently snag one for $74 if you check out their product page. Tech specs and more images are after the jump.

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UPDATED Cheap Photo: Canon Rebates, Father’s Day Sales, and More

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 6D Hands on review first impressions product images (1 of 6)ISO 1600

We haven’t published a cheap photo round up in a while, but there have been loads of sweet deals out there in the photo world. Father’s Day is coming up, but even if you’re not looking to purchase something for a dad, you can still take advantage of these cool findings.

– Canon Rebates and Bundle Deals at B&H Photo

– Amazon’s DSLR and Lens Specials

– Amazon’s Mirrorless Camera Specials

– Amazon’s Photography Deals

– Adorama’s Canon Specials

– Adorama’s Nikon Specials

– Adorama’s Rokinon Specials

– Adorama’s Sony Specials

– Sony Alpha NEX-3N with 16-50mm Lens: $498.00

– Sony Alpha NEX-5R Camera Body: $498

– Sony Alpha NEX-6: $748

– Sony Alpha DSLR SLT-A58 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55 Lens: $598

– Sony Alpha DSLR SLT-A77: $998

Sony A99: $2,798

Review: Vanguard Auctus Plus 383CT with GH-100 Pistol Grip Head

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Vanguard Auctus Plus 383CT and GH100 tripod head review images (1 of 9)ISO 2001-680 sec at f - 4.0

Vanguard’s tripods have been very impressive over the past couple of years. While they don’t have the household name that Induro and Manfrotto have had for a while, they’ve been gaining more ground as an affordable and all American-made solution to the market. Their Auctus Plus 383CT tripod is one of their flagships–and as a photographer that really hates tripods, I have to admit that this one is really quite awesome.

It also has become by far one of the simplest tripods that I’ve used while giving me all of the features that I really needed. But it has some quirks.

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Review: Tap and Dye Legacy Wrist Strap (Used on the Olympus OMD EM5)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tap and Dye Camera Strap Review Photos (1 of 6)ISO 1601-200 sec at f - 2.8

Tap and Dye is a brand new camera strap startup based in NYC. The founder, Justin Waldinger, created the Legacy Wrist strap to be used primarily with film SLRs and Rangefinders. But his straps have found a comfortable following amongst the digital world as well for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras such as the Olympus OMD EM5.

I’ve been testing the strap for around three weeks now, and it’s become the strap the lives on my Olympus OMD now–successfully replacing my Olympus Pen Premium Case Strap (which now resides on my X Pro 1.) So what about this strap makes it so appealing?

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(CONTINUALLY UPDATED) Cheap Photo: Cyber Monday Is Like Browsing the Mall Without All the Crowds

Cyber Monday has loads of deals going on right now. We’re just going to jump right into it and skip the text to get you get to read this because you’re probably not reading it anyway. If you are reading this, note that a lot of these are deals from Black Friday, but that they’re carrying over and there are many new additions too.


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Cheap Photo: B&H Releases Some of Their Black Friday Deals Early


B&H Photo has listed all of their Black Friday deals on one page for your convenience. But here’s a quick look at some of the best selected items.

Nikon D5100: $546.95 check out our review

Canon G12: $299

Panasonic G3: $299.00

Sony NEX 5R: $648.00

D7000 with 18-105mm lens: $996.95

Lowepro Roller Attache X50 Case: $79

Panasonic LX-7: $299

Olympus OMD EM5 (body only): $949.00 check out our review

OMD with 12-50mm lens: $1199

Canon S110: $399

Sigma 30mm f2.8 for NEX and Micro Four Thirds: $149 check out our review

– More Memory Cards than you could possibly need

The Complete Leica X1 Review

My time with the Leica X1 has come to an end. After spending a week with this premium compact camera, I’m pretty torn as to how I feel about it. Like the Sony NEX, the X1 is an impressive piece of engineering and it is a truly beautiful camera, but the price and some other less than desirable characteristics make the Leica X1 a tough camera to love. So, is the X1 worth it’s premium price? Let’s find out.

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DSLR Buyers Guide, Winter 2010

It’s been an innovative year for the photography world. This winter, there are more available options than ever for creativity-inspiring cameras, lenses, and accessories. In this entry, we’ll take a look at some great cameras in five categories, Full Frame 35mm, Cropped 35mm, Micro Four Thirds, Mirrorless 35mm, and Digital 645. You’ll also find links to recent reviews and comparisons and, as always, purchases made through links on our pages support the growing staff at the Phoblographer! Read on for the best DSLRs of 2010. Continue reading…